just in case people don’t know, the composer of frozen is bobby lopez, a renowned filipino-american songwriter, and if he wins best original song tonight then he will be the first man of colour in history to win an emmy, grammy, oscar, and tony
“Much like fairy tales, there are two facets of horror. One is pro-institution, which is the most reprehensible type of fairy tale: Don’t wander into the woods, and always obey your parents. The other type of fairy tale is completely anarchic and antiestablishment.”—Guillermo del Toro on how horror is inherently political as a genre, Time Magazine (x)
On dairy farms across the country, animals like Summer are crammed, shoved, forced to fit into small worlds of deprivation and sorrow. They are stolen from grieving mothers and spend days, weeks, months searching for that life-nurturing milk. Sucking on themselves, fence posts, chains, hands of humans, hair, shoelaces…desperate acts of senseless nursing masquerading as adorable displays of connection.
Remember this: Summer was not born so you could drink his mother’s milk. Humans infiltrated the natural order and destroyed a beautiful, normal bond between cow and calf, mother and child. Summer exists for himself, sometimes for his friends, sometimes for the unknown and unknowable.
Summer turns five this year. As animals here age, it is hard not to think of those who don’t, whose throats are slashed at young, sensitive ages. On a veal farm, Summer would have been killed at 18-24 weeks. On a feedlot, death would have come at 18-24 months. How bizarre that, compared to farmed bovines, five is ancient. May Summer enjoy another 10-15 years of sanctuary.
The bizarre and senseless acts of violence inflicted on farmed animals are extreme…that the decision to be vegan is a natural response to this intense suffering.
“Rape is one of the most terrible crimes on earth. And it happens every few minutes. The problem with groups who deal with rape is that they try to educate women about how to defend themselves. What really needs to be done is teaching men not to rape. Go to the source and start there.”—Kurt Cobain talking in November 1991 about the background behind the song ‘Polly’ (via batsypayne)
“Society only marks and names those characteristics that are incompatible with the single standard—this is why “women” are considered a “minority” group but men are not, and this is why “people of color” are considered as such while “white” people aren’t (“white” being marked as a noncolor, in contrast with the “color” of “those other people” ). Even though both these groups are the majority in the world, they are imagined as minorities because of their deviation from the standard. This is also why “transgender” is marked as an “identity group,” but “cisgender” is not; why “queer” is likewise marked, but “straight” is not; and of course why “bisexual” is marked, but “monosexual” is silent.”—
Marriage equality will, in time, fundamentally destroy “traditional marriage,” and I, for one, will dance on its grave.
It’s not a terribly difficult conclusion to draw.
As same-sex couples marry, they will be forced to re-imagine many tenets of your “traditional marriage.” In doing so, they will face a series of complicated questions:
Should one of us change our last name? And if so, who?
Should we have kids? Do we want to have kids? How do we want to have kids? Whose last name do our kids take?
How about housework, work-work, childcare? How do we assign these roles equitably? How do we cultivate a partnership that honors each of our professional and personal ambitions?
As questions continually arise, heterosexual couples will take notice — and be forced to address how much “traditional marriage” is built on gender roles and perpetuates a nauseating inequality that has no place in 2014.